New Goals for Florida’s Wildlife Legacy Initiative!

limpkin_Omeara.jpgAfter the completion of the State Wildlife Action Plan (Action Plan) in 2005, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) worked with partners to set goals for implementing the Action Plan at 5-year intervals. From 2006 to 2011 the FWC and partners made significant progress on implementing these goals. During 2011, the FWC coordinated with partners to develop revised implementation goals for 2012-2017 to align with priorities identified in the 2011 revised Action Plan. At a minimum, these goals will direct the use of FWC resources including State Wildlife Grant (SWG) funding. Ideally these goals will guide conservation efforts outside the realm of SWG, provide opportunities for partners to work together and help leverage resources to conserve Florida's fish and wildlife.

Legacy_FishCount1.jpgBy updating the goals we can engage in new priorities and work with partners in new ways to improve fish and wildlife communities and their habitats. The new goals also help us to focus limited resources in areas of most need identified by the Action Plan to achieve larger, more concentrated conservation accomplishments. The ultimate goal is to conserve our native wildlife and habitats through non-regulatory, voluntary, incentive-based actions and partnerships. Partnerships are critical to successful implementation of the Action Plan because this effort is much larger than any one agency or organization can accomplish alone. We encourage your participation in implementing these goals and look forward to working with you.

WoodDuck.jpgLegacy Initiative Goals: 2012-2017

  • Action Plan Monitoring and Adaptation: Address landscape-level issues to enhance and evaluate implementation of the State Wildlife Action Plan and provide information necessary for adaptive management.
  • Marine: Improve coral reef restoration and conserve SGCN through planning and research.
  • Freshwater: Improve or maintain hydrologic conditions, water quality, or physical habitats for the support of SGCN in freshwater systems within high ranking basins.
  • Terrestrial: Increase the use of fire as a management tool to support upland habitat conservation that benefits Florida's SGCN.
  • Data Gaps: Acquire information necessary to conserve Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN), to establish measurable objectives for these species, and to monitor achievement of the objectives for the species.

New Goals for Florida's Wildlife Legacy Initiative 

Learn about the new 2012-2017 Legacy Initiative Goals by viewing a PDF of the webinar presentation given on January 26, 2012.

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